Category: Homeopathic Remedies
Animals can suffer from many of the same ailments as humans. Some are minor injuries that will heal quickly, but others will take more patience and reconditioning to heal correctly. Some natural remedies may help along their road to recovery.
As with all natural and homeopathic remedies you will need to be cautious. Bill “WooFDriver” Helman has worked with many veterinarians and canine experts to compile this informational reference, but as always it is advised to seek the help and attention from your own veterinarian first.
If you suspect that any condition is getting worse or could be detrimental to your dog’s health, see your vet right away. With pets, it can be hard to identify when they are in pain or if a condition is getting worse because they can’t tell us how they feel.
You must be cautious when using herbal remedies for your pets.
At-home Homeopathic Treatment for Hot Spots in Dogs
Hot spots are a skin condition caused by a bacterial infection and an underactive immune system. This disease takes time to heal and can easily spread. There is intense skin inflammation and pain. The sore might be red and the skin itchy. If the sore becomes infected, there will be a strong unpleasant odor with green discharge. The dog scratches so much that the hair falls out.
There is swelling and the sore looks red and white. It is very sensitive. Dog is not thirsty.
The main symptom is intense itching, the skin is thick, and dog might be agitated. Heat lessens the condition while coldness will make worse.
Use this remedy if the condition flares up suddenly and with intensity. The sore is red and there is heat. The dog is very irritated and agitated. Very thirsty.
The main symptom is a yellowish cream colored discharge is present. The dog is usually overweight. Heat will worsen the condition.
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum
The discharge has a very strong unpleasant smell. The sore is very painful and dog might be aggressive. Heat will make the condition better.
Mercuris (vivus or solubilis)
Infected ulceration with a yellow or greenish discharge. The lymph nodes might be swollen. The sore will bleed and the hair will fall out. Use mercurius corrosivus if the dog is male and vivus or solubilis if the dog is female.
Very ulcerated sore that bleeds and painful. Cold makes it worse and heat will lessen the condition. Dog might be violent.
Use low potency in all the recommended remedies such as 6C or 6X. Use one remedy at a time. Give 1 dose about 4 hours apart for a maximum of 3 doses in the day. Give a one day treatment only. If you see no positive changes, try another remedy.
External remedy spray for hot spot
Mix 3 pills of each remedy silica 6X, calcarea phosphorica 6X and calcarea sulphurica 6X in one quart of distilled water. Let pills dissolve and shake bottle. Spray directly on sore 2-3 times a day. Make a fresh batch every day.
Bill “WooFDriver” Helman has worked with many veterinarians and canine experts to compile this informational reference, but as always it is advised to seek the help and attention from your own veterinarian first.
At-Home Homeopathic Treatment for Canine Distemper in Dogs
This highly contagious virus spreads into the air by an infected dog that sneezes or coughs. Other ways of infection include being in contact with infected feces, urine, drinking bowls, toys and bedding. Since the virus is resistant to cold weather, it can be seen all year round. This condition is not seen in cats. It is mostly seen in puppies that don’t have all their antibodies.
After contracting the virus, it invades the lymphatic system. The incubation period is about 6 to 9 days. Then the virus will affect all parts of the body including the blood, nervous systems, digestive, lungs and intestines. The dog then will start to be feverish and will progress to lack of appetite and energy, vomiting, eye inflammation and infection, seizures, sticky yellow discharge from nose, pneumonia, severe diarrhea and skin conditions. This condition can be fatal if not treated.
Aconitum napellus 6C or 30C
Useful in the first signs of distemper and the main symptoms include fever, fright, and anxiety. Give one dose every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 doses in the same day. Repeat the following 2 days if needed.
Natrum Muriaticum 30C
Useful in the early stages where the main symptom is sneezing. Other symptoms: swollen eyes and nasal discharge. Give one dosage every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 doses. Repeat the following 2 days if needed.
The main symptom is eye or nose discharge, thick, yellow or green secretions coming from eyes or nose. Give one dosage every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 doses. Repeat the following 2 days if needed.
Hydrastis canadensis 6C
Recommended for chronic advance stage, yellow thick secretions from nose, loss of appetite. Stools might be yellowish. Give one dosage every 4 hours for a maximum of 3 doses in the day. Repeat this treatment for one week only.
A nosode that is prepared from the distemper diseased animal. This remedy is only effective at the early stage of the disease. Give one pill in the morning and one in the evening. Repeat for 4 days. Wait one month and then repeat if needed.
Give this nosode at the end of the treatment when only a few minor symptoms have not cleared up. Give only one dose. Then repeat only one month later.
At-home Homeopathic Remedies for Nausea and Vomiting in Dogs (Gastritis)
Gastritis is a medical term that refers to an inflammation of the stomach lining and the symptoms are vomiting, lack of appetite and nausea. There are numerous causes for gastritis including overeating, eating to fast, pancreatitis, viral, bacterial or fungal infection, food allergy, spoiled food, stress and inflammatory bowel disease just to name a few.
Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining and the intestines, in addition to nausea and vomiting, there is diarrhea and is the effect of a viral or bacterial infection.
Arsenicum Album 30C
Recommended if vomiting is due to food or garbage poisoning, dog is agitated, afraid and tired, diarrhea, bloating, blood in vomit
Chamomilla 6C or 6X
Vomiting is due to puppies around 3 to 6 months old that are teething, might be greenish diarrhea, irritability and restlessness, toothache or earache
Ferrum metallicum 6C to 30C
Food is vomited right after eating, mostly seen in young animals, you can see undigested food in the stools or the vomit, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, the cause might be worm infestation
Ipecacuanha 6C to 200C
Retching and coughing sounds when vomiting, diarrhea, bright red blood in stools or vomit, constant vomiting and nausea
Nux Vomica 6C to 200C
This is an all round digestive disturbance remedy, dog is nervous and irritated, on edge, tries to vomit but cannot, might be due to drug reaction or eating poisoned or spoiled food, diarrhea
Phosphorus 6C or 30C
Irritated, nervous, nausea and vomiting, blood in vomit, nausea and vomiting might be due surgery, hepatitis, jaundice, pancreatitis or ulcers, dog is thirsty but vomits right after drinking
Give one dosage every hour for a maximum of 3 doses, if dog is not better, try another remedy.
You can crush the pills into the food but if they are nauseous and won’t eat, you will have to open their mouth and administer the pills directly into the mouth. You can let the pill dissolve if you put it between the gums and inner cheek.
Homeopathic remedies for constipation in dogs
Constipation in dogs presents itself for many reasons and can be acute and become chronic. A dog might simply hold himself due to not having a clean place to go or even because of stress. There might be lacking fiber or water in the diet or eating too many raw bones. A lack of exercise can cause constipation or it can be a symptom of a serious illness. The longer the stool stays in the colon, the harder and dryer it gets. It becomes more and more difficult to expel.
Homeopathic remedies for constipation
Nux vomica 6C
Use when constipation is due to an emotional upset, poor quality food, liver might be involved, when the dog is straining and only a small amount is passed, irritable, there may be nausea and vomiting
The main symptoms are red anus, chronic constipation and itchy skin.
The stools are usually large, dark in color, hard and very dry. The dog is aggravated by motion. They are very thirsty.
Plumbum metallicum 30C
Stools are black and lumpy, may vomit bile or stools, muscle weakness, colic pain
The constipation is chronic and the stools are black in color. They have no desire to expel stools. Lethargic and tiredness.
Lycopodium Clavatum 200C
There is constipation alternating with diarrhea, dog may have a lot of gas, use if constipation is due to being away from home
Use when stools are partly expelled or slips back in, anus might be red, stools cannot pass because they are too large
Natrum muriacuticum 6C
Use when dog doesn’t even try to have a bowel movement, dog is thirsty, very inactive, constipation alternating with diarrhea, dandruff on skin, usually the cause is emotional (sadness, grief, fright, anger)
1 dose a day for 2 weeks, gradually decrease dosage if there is less constipation
Feed dog high quality food if wet food is not a possibility. Otherwise feed dog raw meat and vegetables or high quality wet food in can. Add 1/8 teaspoon for every ten pound weight of slippery elm powder into the food every day. Start skipping days as the constipation issue gets better. To encourage drinking, prepare some homemade chicken or fish broth. To help digestion, adding some enzymes will help.
To keep the bowel muscles tone and fit, let dog exercise, daily walking or running is recommended.
Homeopathic remedies for a sprain or strain in a dog
A dog might suffer from a sprain or strain, especially working dogs due to high physical training and activity. Sprains and strains are either acute or chronic injuries. Acute means it just happened and a chronic injury occurs over time due to repeating the same movements.
A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament that ends up causing pain and inflammation. This happens when a joint is forced beyond the normal range of motion.
A strain is a stretched or torn muscle and/or tendon. This happens when the muscle is stretched and contracts suddenly. It often occurs due to overuse or repetitive movements.
In both cases, there might be swelling, tenderness, joint instability, pain and heat.
Homeopathic remedies for sprains and strains
Arnica Montana 30C
For acute pain, bruising, heat and inflammation, give every two hours for a maximum of three doses in the same day. To reduce initial swelling, rub some arnica ointment, cream or lotion in addition to oral homeopathic remedy. Never apply arnica on an open wound, cuts or scratches.
RUTA GRAV 6C or 30C
After using arnica, if the tendon, ligaments and joint capsule are affected, administer ruta grav up to four doses in a day.
RHUS TOX 30C or 200C
After using arnica, if muscle is torn, swollen or hot, use this remedy up to 4 doses a day. This remedy is to reduce pain and the inflammation and is the remedy of choice if there is extensive swelling. Use if the muscle, fascia and tendon sheaths are affected. Give every two hours for a maximum of three doses in the same day.
Bellis Perennis 6C or 30C
For a sprain or strain that there is bruised tissue. Muscle stiffness is the main symptom. Give every two hours for a maximum of three doses in the same day.
Calcarea fluorica 30C
For chronic sprains and strains. The main symptoms are bone and connective tissue lesions, bony growth or spurs. Dosage: give one dose every day for a month.
Homeopathic treatment for hypothyroidism in dogs
The thyroid gland looks like a butterfly that spreads out on each side of the windpipe on the front part of the neck. A decreased function is called hypothyroidism. It is more common in dogs and rarely seen in cats. Cats suffer more from hyperthyroidism.
The symptoms of underactive thyroid include: slow heart rate, overweight dogs, dull coat, loss of fur, coldness, infections and mental slowness. Many causes affect the thyroid such as genetics, poor nutrition (high carbs), hyperactive immune system that destroys physically the gland, toxins and over vaccination.
The thyroid gland helps stabilize the usage of food, body temperature, body weight, hair growth and releases important hormones into the blood which affect every cell in the body.
Homeopathic remedies for hypothyroid
Calcerea iodata 30c
Main symptoms: gland is inflamed, hard, hormonal imbalances, hair falls out, younger dogs, always hungry, worse in hot rooms.
Main symptoms: skin disorders, swollen lymph glands, coldness, overweight, tiredness, thick skin, dry hair, worse in heat.
Kali iodatum 30C
Main symptoms: sinus and allergy congestion, mucus, swollen gland, anxious, eyes or nose discharge, worse from heat and damp weather.
Spongia tosta 30c
Main symptoms: swollen or enlargement of the thyroid gland and/or lymph glands, goiter
Thyroidinum 6c to 12c
Mains symptoms: muscular weakness and trembling, coldness, overweight, loss of hair, dry skin, heart palpitation, tiredness
Flor de Piedra 30C
Main symptoms: This remedy has a direct affinity with the thyroid gland, especially in dogs. Use a higher potency (200c) for the thyroid gland.
Main symptoms: for hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, a useful thyroid gland remedy, dog will often have opposite symptoms, for example, diarrhea and constipation, lack of appetite with a big appetite.
Dosage: give one dose a day, cut dosing as dog’s symptoms improve. For example, give one dose every two day then every three days. If your dog is on medication, he needs regular blood test.
If your dog is taking thyroid medication
Take note that when giving homeopathic remedies at the same time as prescription medication, the dog should be closely followed by a veterinarian. With successful treatment, the thyroid gland will become stronger and the medication might be too strong and needs to be cut down. Only a veterinarian can confirm this with blood tests.
A natural pure diet is recommended. Free of wheat and fluoride found in city tap water.
Adding kelp to your dog’s food will help support the thyroid gland. Glandular supplement is highly recommended at the same time as homeopathic remedies and proper nutrition.